Taking “ballot selfies” would be legal in future Michigan elections under bipartisan legislation approved Wednesday by the House Elections Committee.
Voting Selfie articles on Democracy Chronicles
Although the Voting Selfie is a seemingly an innocuous practice, a very interesting and modern discussion on election law has been ignited that touches on issues of new technologies, privacy, voter intimidation, free speech and more. In some states you can still technically face punishment for taking a vote selfie but prosecutions are unlikely. The real threat of voting selfies is to the secret ballot: a fundamental tenet of American democracy. In theory, if someone wanted to strongarm others into voting for them, they could in theory demand photographic proof. Also see our articles on the Founding Fathers, Election History and our section on American democracy.
The real threat of voting selfies is to the secret ballot: a fundamental tenet of American democracy
Bill would mean New Jerseyans will no longer be technically breaking the law if they share their “ballot selfies” online
The biggest argument in favor for banning these selfies is that it can lead to vote buying. That might be true, but to an extent that we should outlaw them? Don’t think so, bub.
Colorado did the right thing by decriminalizing the celebration of people wanting to share that they participated democracy, which is one of the most patriotic civic duties a citizen can participate in.
Over the past few election cycles, the hashtag #dogsatpollingstations has become something in the UK
The real threat of Colorado voting selfies is to the secret ballot: a fundamental tenet of democracy
Series of prohibitions on any photos of filled out ballots is keeping the voting selfie illegal in many places
New Jerseyans can still technically face punishment for taking a vote selfie but prosecutions unlikely
Coercion can be dealt with even if we legalize ballot selfies so let’s focus on other ways to protect the vote